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Does not having a degree stop me from being considered?

Postby RossDavidson » Sat, 15 Feb 2014 2:15 am

Hi all, I have a quick question.

Does not having a degree stop me from being considered for positions?

I have 20+ years’ experience in IT (6 as a Director of apps Dev and 4 more as a Project Manager) in Australia and UK (dual citizen). I have a coding background as well as experience in large government and private organisations, all the experience to undertake many of the roles I see advertised and should be competitive at interview/application. One issue however, I never finished a degree. I am looking to move to Singapore shortly, and many of the position description that applicants should have a degree.

Will this be a major impediment to securing a position – ie is my application going straight in the bin, even if my skills and experience would make me competitive for the role.

I do have an Advance Dip in Project management and Prince 2 quals. I have done the MOM quick self assessment and employment pass etc should be ok.

Grateful for any advice or similar experiences.

Kind Regards
Ross

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Postby churmie » Sat, 15 Feb 2014 3:33 am

Hi

I have been looking at jobs in Singapore recently and was disheartened at the minimum requirement of a degree, but that is not the actual case! You can qualify for a visa with a high level of education, it doesn't have to be a degree.

I did the self assessment test that the Ministry of Manpower have online and qualified for an S Pass with my HND in Business (which is worth 2/3 of a degree).

http://sat.mom.gov.sg/satservlet

Let me know how you get on, and good luck with the job hunting! I hope you have better luck than me. Being a non resident has made it virtually impossible, so I am flying out there to try my luck!

Lee

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Postby RossDavidson » Sat, 15 Feb 2014 10:53 am

Hi Lee, thanks for your response, good information.

Good luck to you also with your job hunt.

Have any other members (or recruiters) had similar experiences?

cheers
Ross

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 15 Feb 2014 12:19 pm

Also, if your salary is considerably above say 10K, they would probably waive the degree requirement. (use to be a P1 visa didn't require a degree, just experience as they reckoned that any company who was willing to pay that kind of money would have already sussed out the potential employee.

Good luck.


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